JS 30: Three Decades of John Schaefer
Angelique Kidjo to Emcee Celebration of WNYC’s Pioneering Music Host, with guests including
Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, We Are Augustines, and Simone Dinnerstein
In 1981, a young radio host from Brooklyn came to WNYC. JOHN SCHAEFER was hired to read newscasts and introduce classical music, but soon found himself hosting a new music show that quickly became the on-air hub of the fertile downtown music scene.
Thirty years later, Schaefer is a singular force at WNYC – a host who retains his street cred, but can often be found emceeing broadcasts from the New York Phil or Carnegie Hall. NEW SOUNDS continues to champion new music, international voices, and obscure artists; the highly-regarded NEW SOUNDS LIVE concert series presents commissioned works and unexpected pairings of artists; and SOUNDCHECK is the city’s only multi-genre, multiplatform source for smart conversation and live music. The only thing that hasn’t changed? Schaefer’s penchant for T-shirts and jeans… and his boundless curiosity about music.
Thoughout December, WNYC will celebrate Schaefer’s inimitable contributions to the musical life of New York City . The festivities kick off on Friday, December 2 at 8pm, when WNYC presents “JS 30: THREE DECADES OF JOHN SCHAEFER,” an evening of live music and heartfelt memories in its downtown, street-level studio, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. The event will be followed by an after-party with Schaefer and invited musical guests.
The celebration will also include a dedicated webstream of Schaefer programming, a photo timeline, and an opportunity for listeners to share their favorite “Schaefer moments,” to launch shortly.
“John Schaefer has done more to promote and draw attention to new and interesting music in NYC than anyone else I can think of,” said MOBY, multiplatinum-selling artist and DJ. “I think of him as the John Peel of New York radio.”
Friday, December 2 at 8pm – Tickets for Event with After-Party on Sale Now
Live Video Webcast available at www.thegreenespace.org